Alessi has been producing innovative home accessories since their inception in 1921. Their catalog consists of more than 3500 products, many of which have stood the test of time. Alessi believes in value. Rather than making inexpensive products, they focus on crafting products that will last a lifetime. Not only do their products work after many years, they also look as modern today as they did twenty-five years ago.
The company was founded in 1921 in northern Italy by Giovanni Alessi as a manufacturer of metal components. By the late 1920s Alessi had expanded into manufacturing home goods and catering produts and hasn't looked back since. In 1935, Carlo Alessi, son of Giovanni, was named chief designer (later becoming CEO) and his brother, Ettore Alessi, joined the company in 1945.
By the 1980s, Alberto Alessi took over management of the company and began a series of collaborations with leading architects and designers such as Michael Graves, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, Achille Castiglioni and Phillippe Starck. Best know for their stylish, sometimes quirky, post-modern style, Alessi has also been recognized for numerous technical innovations. Today, Alessi also manufactures a wide range of products including small furniture items, watches, electrical appliances and more.
You can find Alessi products in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as in design collections around the world. But they're perhaps best enjoyed in the luxury of your own home.